Thursday, April 01, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-The Lively Ones
Album:Music From The Motion Picture Pulp Fiction: Collector's Edition
The Lively Ones were one of several instrumental surf music bands of the early 60s. They weren't around that long. They didn't write their own songs and they never broke out of the Los Angeles market. They would probably be forgotten except that Quentin Tarantino used Surf Rider over the end credits of his 1994 film Pulp Fiction. The Lively Ones were originally called The Surfmen in 1962. Group members were Jim Masoner on lead guitar, Ed Chiaverini on rhythm guitar, Ron Griffith on bass, Joel Willenbring on sax and Tim Fitzpatrick on drums. They signed with Bob Keane's Del-Fi label and recorded three albums in 1963. They recorded mostly covers including a surf version of the theme from Rawhide. Surf Rider was written by Nokie Edwards of The Ventures. They recorded another album in 1964 and one for MGM in 1967. But they never were anything more than a regional band. Tarantino used a lot of obscure surf music in Pulp Fiction including Misirlou by Dick Dale, Bustin' Surfboards by The Tornadoes, Bullwinkle Part II by The Centurions, Comanche by The Revels and Surf Rider by The Lively Ones. This 2002 Collector's Edition adds four bonus tracks including Rumble by Link Wray and Out Of Sight by The Marketts. A second CD contains an interview with Tarantino. You can use that as a coaster. Some say that Pulp Fiction revived interest in instrumental surf music. Jim Masoner has led a version of The Lively Ones in recent years. Joel Willenbring has been a member of The Tornadoes since 1999. Tim Fitzpatrick is with The Dynotones. Ed Chiaverini and Ron Griffith do their own music. Here's The Lively Ones performing Surf Rider at the Orange International Street Fair 2007.